Tuku speaks on new album

HARARE - Simply put, Eheka! Nhai Yahwe, translates to “This is it! Enjoy, My Good Friend”.

That is the title of Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s landmark 65th album.

But then, the fact that the music superstar writes lyrics in his mother tongue; the intricate Korekore dialect, and that he makes extensive use of complex imagery and idioms points to a deeper meaning.

Tuku’s music touches people in many different ways and some of his iconic hits have come across as controversial as fans construct different meanings of his music and messages.

In an interview ahead of the premium concert to celebrate the landmark album which is slated for Borrowdale Manor on September 30, Mtukudzi spoke about what the album means to him.

“The tracks on this album are parts of one story. I therefore wrote a poem to explain that and to bring out the meaning of the album. The poem appears on the sleeve of the album,” Tuku said.

In typical Tuku fashion, Eheka! Nhai Yahwe brings out self-discipline as the philosophy that guides his social commentary and lyrical composition. It combines new songs and some old favourites.

The music legend explained why he included previously-released material on the new offering.

“Every song or work of art has its own message and inspiration. Album themes differ and on this one I wanted to show that the world is different now from what it was in the past because as long as society exists, there will always be the need for artistes to comment on the condition of society. And when there is commentary there is a song to be sung.

“Some of the songs are from the 80s and they were looking to the future at the time I composed and released them, for example the tracks Kusateerera and Dzikama Wakura are meant to encourage good morals and behaviour.

“This still applies today and will continue to do so; we want to see fathers who lead by example and well-brought up children whose values are anchored on hunhu,” said Tuku.

In an exciting surprise; Tuku collaborated on two songs with internationally-renowned South African music legend Hugh Masekela.

“Collaboration is not about the artistes, it is about the song and what makes the collaboration work is how much the artistes love the song.

“What makes this special is that Bra Hugh came to me and said that he loves Kusateerera and Bhiza Ra Mambo. To me that meant that there was a meeting of minds because I loved the songs when I wrote them. We, therefore, gave 100 percent to the collaboration because we both love the songs,” said Samanyanga.

Regarding the track Masanga Bodo, which features the vocal talents of his wife Daisy, Tuku said that he believes that everything in this life happens according to God’s plan.

He wrote the song as part of a theatre project whose storyline explores human existence to show that life is not made up of a set of coincidences or random events.

“The things that happen in our lives are not random, or coincidences; our lives go according to God’s plan. Even getting married to my wife was not a random event. We did not meet by chance, and for us to be alive and together until this day, haasi masanga, God had a plan for us long before we met.

“It is a song that encourages self-respect and acceptance of who we are because we did not choose to be what we are today, it is not coincidence that I am Zimbabwean, that I am a musician and that I am of the Nzou Samanyanga totem,” said the superstar.

Comments (2)

happy birthday samanyanga. may the good LORD bless you with more happy music filled years.

artmafirakureva - 22 September 2016

one of the best musicians ever to live in our land. at least now we got something to listen to . not the noisy stuff.

Vanirk - 22 September 2016

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